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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Looking to Cardiff...Purse Set to Play

BBC - QPR v Cardiff
QPR look set for wholesale changes as the team bid for their first home win in more than two months. Lloyd Dyer is no longer at the club after his loan spell ended, but Marc Bircham could return to the starting line-up, along with Matthew Rose.
Cardiff captain Darren Purse is set to face QPR despite being sent off against Plymouth - his club have decided to appeal against the decision.
And Willie Boland and Alan Lee could replace Joe Ledley and Cameron Jerome.

Calm down now - Jones
Dec 27 2005 Mark Bloom, South Wales Echo

Cardiff City boss David Jones had a simple message for the bumper Ninian Park crowd which saw them lose 2-0 to Plymouth yesterday: 'Calm down.'
'We were poor, but it's not the end of the world,' was Jones' honest assessment of the defeat, which leaves the Bluebirds down in 10th spot - albeit only two points off the Championship play-off places.
City lost captain Darren Purse to his third red card of the season before conceding two late goals.
But Jones believes City's supporters need to look at the bigger picture rather than get carried away by the result as City focus on their trip to Queens Park Rangers tomorrow night.
'People should have a reality check,' he said after the Bluebirds attracted a 16,403 crowd for their Boxing Day bout with the Pilgrims.
'Although we did not perform, this is not the end of the world.
'People's expectation levels have risen since the start of the season when they thought we were relegation material.
'Now they think their world has fallen apart. Maybe this is the kick up the backside we needed.
'It's a long time since we played so poorly and not created anything.
'No excuses, no complaints, it was a poor performance from us.
'I've asked the players to look at themselves and ask if they did enough.
'I think they are an honest bunch of players and they will say no, they didn't do enough.
'One or two players could have done a lot better on both goals conceded.
'We were poor, the referee was poor. What can I say? It was a bad day all round for us.'

Purse looks set to take on QPR
Dec 27 2005 South Wales Echo

Darren Purse looks set to face Queens Park Rangers tomorrow - despite his red card against Plymouth.
Manager Dave Jones confirmed Cardiff City will appeal against their captain's third dismissal of the season.
And with both the Football Association and Football Association of Wales' offices closed tomorrow, Purse should be cleared to play pending the appeal.
The club are confident that the red card will be reduced to a yellow.
Video evidence suggests that it was a poor decision from referee Lee Probert to dismiss Purse for a pull on Nick Chadwick.
Purse, however, will not escape lightly, whatever the decision after the appeal.
As he left the field, he kicked the fourth official's electronic board laying by the tunnel area - an action which could cost him a hefty fine.
The official could not operate the board for substitutions later in the game and he had to use the old cardboard numbers.

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